Every garden is a constantly changing organism.
Some times it just takes on a life of its own
Other times the human in charge
Has a moment of inspiration
And makes intentional “improvements”.
Last spring while visiting the Dallas Botanical Garden
John and I had one of those
But let’s back up a bit.
When we bought this house
Every conceivable area
Was lined with monkey grass.
Now you need to know that I
Well….OK…I hate monkey grass.
It is aggressive – moving not inches
But feet into a flower bed.
And no matter what you edge the bed with
Bermuda will grow up and over
and into the monkey grass.
Then there’s the nut grass
That initially looks like monkey grass
Until it shoots up over night
And is a foot taller.
I know people love this stuff
But I have been on a decade long campaign
To murder as much as possible.
The edge of our front landing
Has been lined with monkey grass
Which was invaded with Bermuda grass
And then variegated Vinca major.
Quite simply it’s a mess.
Then came the inspiration.
The boxwood backed beds
With glorious tulips in the front
Underplanted with violas.
Aha…we could do that on the landing.
It’s taken a few months
To locate enough of the right sized (small) boxwood.
Negotiate the location of the boxwood with John.
And find brave souls to dig out the perpetrator.
Thank you Alex and David.
This week John planted the baby boxwood.
And gave them their first haircut.
Now for my fun.
I’ve ordered lots
Actually probably too many
Of a new variety of tulips.
Something called “French Blend”
From a new company “Colorblends”
Who’s catalog just appeared in my mailbox.
It’s described as “an all-color blend of long-stemmed tulips
Bright as lantern globes.”
Garden porn if ever I’ve heard it.
The Colorblends catalogue is interesting in itself
In that it does the mixing for you.
Offering dozens of tested combinations
of glorious tulips.
Tempting very tempting.
Now, I’m also repeating last years
Glorious tulip mixture
On the path to the garden house.
A mixture of Darwin Hybrid tulips
And the best tulip ever
Will be mixed and thickly planted
Along the brick path.
All from my long standing supplier K Van Bourgandien.
I think I may have lost it!
I’ve doubled my tulip order
The very year
That Megan, my bulb planting friend
Married and moved to Florida.
Surely someone will take pity on me
And come some glorious fall afternoon
To dig trenches